About The Authors


Alessandro Marengo is a graduate student from János Kodolányi University’s International Relations Master program. His specialization includes global foreign relations and military-defense affairs. He received the 2013 award from the Mikes Foundation, received twice the Republic Scholarship Award from Hungary (2014-2015), in 2014 he received a fellowship of the Research Institute and Archive for Regime Change (Retörki). Later he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary (KKM). marengo.alessandro@kodo.hu

György Juhász (1954-2017) was senior research fellow of the Research Institute and Archive of Regime Change (RETÖRKI). He was a “hungarologist”, and investigated the Hungarian political and literature history. He has got a post-gradual fellowship from the University of Novy Sad (Vojvodina, Yugoslavia – Serbia) and later he was invited professor at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 1985 he prepared the teaching-program of the University of Maribor (Slovenia). Between 2004 and 2009 he was visiting professor at the University of Osiek (Eszék – Croatia). He has more than 100 publications about the Yugoslavia, and about the post-Yugoslavian countries. In 2015 he has got the Award of the Hungarian Academy of Artists.

Edit Lőrinczné Bencze is PhD in Management and business administration science. From 2002 onwards she has been the professor at the Department of Social Studies and Humanities, and since 2012 the director at the Centre for Social Studies and Humanities at the Kodolányi University College. Her main fields of interests are the cohesion policy of EU, and Eastern and Southern enlargement of the EU, emerging new states in the Western Balkan. Her latest book is: Az Európai Uniós bővítések: Horvátország (Croatia) Ed. Apokrif 2001. lbedit@kodolanyi.hu

Csaba G. Kiss is a Hungarian cultural historian, essayist. Since 2013 he is senior scientific advisor of the RETÖRKI (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition) in Budapest and professor of the Department of Hungarian Studies at the University of Warsaw. His scholarship focuses on Central European nationalisms and national symbols. He has taught as visiting professor at Humboldt University (Berlin), the University of Zagreb, Constantine the Philosopher University (Nitra), Charles University (Prague). He has authored 12 books in Hungarian, two in Polish, his papers have appeared in German, English, French, Slovakian, Croatian, Polish and Czech publications. Author of the monograph on Central European national feelings („Hol vagy, hazám?” – Where are You, My Homeland, 2011). His latest book in English: „Understanding Central Europe (Nations and Stereotypes)” Budapest, 2013. csgkiss@gmail.com.

Artúr Lakatos is a historian in Romania. He is a freelancer historian, economist. He received his Ph D at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj, in History. He is the winner of several national and international prizes and scholarships, author of more than 200 scientific publications about the history of Romania, Hungary and Hungarian minority in Transylvania. Currently, he is a beneficiary of the Bolyai Research Fellowship granted by the Hungarian Academy of sciences. lakatos_artur_lorand@yahoo.com

János Tischler is a Hungarian-Polish historian. He has worked as a researcher at the “1956 Research Institute” in Budapest since 1991, to 1995 in the capacity of a Hungarian Academy of Sciences scholar. Since February 1995, he has also been teaching part-time in the Hungarian History Department of the Humanities Institute of Miskolc University. He has been a member of the Hungarian-Polish Joint Committee of Historians since 1997. In 2000, he defended his PhD dissertation entitled ‘Poland and Hungary in Periods of Crucial Historical Importance for Each Nation, 1956 and 1980–81’. The dissertation appeared in Polish in book in 2001, with a foreword by Professor Andrzej Packkowski. From September 1998 to October 2001, he served as deputy director of the Hungarian Cultural Institute. Since 2010 he is the Director of Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw. In November 2001, I received personally the Polish Knight’s Cross of the Republican Order of Merit for the scholarly and cultural work I had done so far in the field of Polish-Hungarian relations. On October 23, 2006, I received the Hero of Freedom memorial medal for my scholarly work on the 1956 Revolution. He wrote and edited more than ten books and lot of chapters from the Polish-Hungarian common history. janos.tischler@hunginst.pl

Attila Simon is a Hungarian historian living in Slovakia. He is the head of History Department at the János Selye University in Komárno (Slovakia) and the director at the Forum Research Institute in Samorin (Slovakia). His major field of research is the history of Slovakia in the 20th century and the history of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia. Attila Simon is the author of 9 monography and more than 90 other scientific publications about the history of Slovakia, Hungary and Hungarian minority in Slovakia. simona@selyeuni.sk

Jozef Leikert

László Domonkos is a Hungarian writer, essayist and journalist. He stated his carrier as a cultural publicist, continued his career in Budapest 1992 as a senior fellow at the periodical of World Federation of Hungarians Then he spent 16 years as senior editor at Duna TV, making a lot of documentary films. He published 25 books on hidden elements of Hungarian history and political life in the near past. Actually he is senior researcher in the Research Institute of Regime-change (RETÖRKI) in Budapest. He published altogether 25 books till now. Some of the latest ones: The Longest War – Baltic partisans against the Soviets (2013), Story of decline and fall – Within Duna Tv., without Duna Tv (2015); Goriotok – Tito-s Hell in Yugoslavia. (2016) domonkosla@gmail.com

Csaba Kenessey has a Hungarian and Swiss citizenship. He was born at 1935 in Budapest, his father was professional military officer before 1945. In 1955 they abolished the forced labor system that he was compulsory for those who were labeled as “enemies of the people”. In 1956 he participated in the insurrection than in the freedom fight with weapon. Than he has to escape from Budapest, and he crossed the Hungarian-Austrian borders. Since 1956 he is living with his family in Switzerland.

György Szapáry is a Hungarian leading economist. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 1965-1966, he worked at the EU Commission in Brussels. From 1966 to 1990, he worked at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., while between 1990 and 1993 he was the IMF’s Senior Resident Representative in Hungary. Between 1993 and 2007, with a short break as Adviser to the Governor, he was Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Hungary. In 2008-2010, he was visiting professor of economics at the Central European University in Budapest and served as a member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank, the largest Hungarian commercial bank. From June 2010 to January 2011, he served as Chief Economic Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. From January 2011 to January 2015, he was the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States. Currently he is Chief Adviser to the Governor of the National Bank of Hungary. He is the author of numerous professional articles and editor of two books dealing with economic issues. He is doctor honoris causa of the University of Miskolc, Hungary, and the recipient of the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. szaparygy@mnb.hu.


Fricz Tamás – is a Hungarian political scientist, and freelance journalist. He was senor researcher of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Scientist until 2011. Since 2000 to 2011 he was scientific director of 21 Century Institute, from 1995 to 2010 was editor of Hungarian Political Science Review (Politikatudományi Szemle). He has got political science PhD in 1993 at the University of ELTE Budapest. In the 90-s he was fellows in Humbold University. He wrote 8 books, and many chapters about the Hungarian parties, cleavages, corruptions, and integration of Central Europe. His most important book is: “Következmények nélküli ország” (Hungary – A Country without any consequences) fricztamas@gmail.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, Research Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Professor Emeritus at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, founder of its Institute for Legal Philosophy, acknowledged under his directorship as a “Place of Excellence”. A laureate of Széchenyi Prize, the highest honour in scholarship in his country. His overall interest has ever ranged from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures, and since the fall of communist dictatorship, also to issues of transition and the rule of law. In addition to his fourteen authored and nineteen edited books in English/German—of which are available on http://www.mek.oszk.hu/indexeng.phtml, http://drcsabavarga.wordpress.com. He is a regular author of the CEPSR since No. 27, reviewer, and member of the International Editorial Board of CEPSR. varga@jak.ppke.hu

Péter Krisztián Zachar is a Hungarian historian and college professor, head of Department for International Relations and History at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences. His major field of research is the history of the 19th and 20th century in Central Europe, the genesis and history of advocacy organisations, especially chambers, the theoretical background of modern social partnership, the catholic social thought. He deals with the current state of economic partnership-organisations, chamber advocacy work in Hungary and Europe. His latest publications are: Gazdaság, politika, érdekképviselet: Fejezetek a magyar és európai gazdasági kamarák történetéből. /Economy, politica, advocacy: Studies on the history of the Hungarian and European chambers of commerce./ Heraldika Kiadó, Budapest, 2016.; Gazdasági válságok, társadalmi feszültségek, modern válaszkísérletek Európában a két világháború között. /Economic crises, social tensions and modern answers in Europe between the two World Wars./ L’Harmattan, Budapest, 2014. zacharpeter@gmail.com

Maria Dolores Ferrero Blanco is a Spanish historian. She is professor emeritus of the University of Huelva, in Spain. She was professor of Contemporary History of the University of Huelva. She investigated the systems of authoritarian regimes, the insurrections, the revolutions against dictators and dictatorial regimes. She published books and chapters about communist Bulgaria, Romania, communist countries in the soviet blocks, the Revolution of Hungary in 1956, the Nicaragua under Somozas, y la Revolution Sandinista ). ferrero@uhu.es loferrero@yahoo.com

Kata Sára Gyuricza finished his study in Budapest, in a Hungarian-Spanish Lyceum, later she finished her BA studies in Oviedo, Spain. In 2008 she come back to Hungary for some years. She was working among others at the Equator Embassy in Budapest as a translator. Since 2013 she is living again in Spain, in Valladolid. She is the co-author of the bilingual book: La Revolución que cambio el destino. (Hungría – 1956).

Péter Gyuricza is a Hungarian professor of the University College Kodolányi in Budapest media expert, and media journalist. He defended his doctorate dissertation on the history of the media. His research topic is the relation of the media and the politics. He published 12 books, some of the in English and in Spanish. In 2016 he has got a fellowship, with her daughter, Kata Sára Gyuricza. The application is from the Hungarian Embassy of Madrid about the Revolution of 1956, and the Spanish support of the refuges. See: the Spanish-Hungarian bilingual book: La Revolución que cambio el destino. (Hungarian – 1956). Actually he is working on the biography of Ferenc Marossy, ex-Hungarian ambassador in Madrid (1948-1986). Gyuricza4@gmail.com

Andrea Carteny is Assistant Professor of East European History at the Sapienza University of Rome, Deputy Rector for student mobility, teacher of Eurasia’s History at the courses and master degrees of the Faculty of Humanities and of the Faculty of Political Science, Sociology, Communication. Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of International Relations “Observatory of Foreign Relations” Observare at the Autonomous University of Lisbon. He holds the title of PhD in “History of Europe” at the Sapienza University of Rome dealing with the issues of national minorities in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus. As a fellow, has conducted research and visiting professor abroad (Hungary, Romania, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Azerbaijan). andrea.carteny@uniroma1.it

Tibor Szabó – Hungarian political philosopher, professor of political science, Director of Department of Political Science at the Universities of Debrecen and emeritus professor of the University of Szeged. He is teaching history of political science, political culture and philosophical ideas. His scientific areas are first of all the research of political thinkers like Machiavelli, Gramsci, Sartre and Bobbio. In 1998 he has got Dante Award from the Academy of Florence, and 2004 from the President of Italy the Award “Ordine de la Stella” and “Flaiano Award” from the Republic of Italy. He published more than two hundred scientific papers and twenty books, like on Gramsci’s or G. Lukács’s political philosophy, on Dante and on the Hungarian and Italian political culture. szabo@jgypk.u-szeged.hu

Sallai János – Hungarian Professor of International relation, retired Border Guard colonel, currently works as professor at Kodolányi University of Applied Sciences and at National Public Service University. He graduated from the Zrínyi Military Academy in 1992 as a boarder guard officer. He received his dr. university degree, with a thesis titled: “Hungary’s borders on the maps from the Conquest to 1947.” In 2002 he obtained his PhD degree, his thesis this time was written under the title: “Hungary’s state borders and the historic relations of the Hungarian ethnic borders”. The habilitation process took also place at the University of Debrecen, in 2008, with the scientific work of: “The Hungarian state border surveillance and ethnic frontier history”. During his research and educational work the author also served as border officer until the day of his retirement in 2006. sallaijanos@t-online.hu

György Ritecz is a retired police colonel. He is worked during of 32 years as a professional border guard. As part of it for ten years in the postgraduate training of border police officers, then worked at the Border Guard’s Headquarters in various managerial positions, Assisting the EU and Schengen preparation of our country, and then continuing the work of the Ministry of Interior. He is currently an external expert at the Ministry of Interior and an instructor at the National Public Service University in Budapest. gyorgy.ritecz@bm.gov.hu – 06-30-5662650

Szabolcs Mátyás is police major is a senior lecturer in the National University of Public Service Faculty of Law Enforcement (Budapest) where he teaches Criminalistics and Criminal Geography. He got Geography and Regional and Settlement Development Geographer degree in 1999 and Ph.D. degree in 2011 (Criminal Geographical analysis of the police station of Debrecen). His research interest focus on Criminal Geography, Crime Mapping, Tourism and Crime, Predictive Policing, Law Enforcement cooperation between Hungary and Romania. He has more than 40 scientific publications, He publishes generally Hungarian and foreign geographical and law enforcement journals. mszabolcs1975@gmail.com

Kossuth Borbála – is a Hungarian sociologist, and jurisprudent. She finished her study at the University of Miskolc. Currently she is working as layer in the Equal Treatment Authorities of Hungarian Government. She is the assistant of editor of Central European Political Science Review. She published several chapters about the human rights and democracy. In 2014 she has got a RETÖRKI Fellowship (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition) for 10 Months to investigate the history of Hungarian system-change Kossuth.borbala@gmail.com